Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dying to Devour: Jennifer Armentrout’s Dark Elements

I adore Jennifer Armentrout. Not only is she a fantastically nice person, but she creates THE BEST and HOTTEST men EVER! Crazily enough, I’ve had Stone Cold Touch on my shelf since BEA just waiting for me to first read White Hot Kiss. And read I did. The fact that it’s a story filled with demons and gargoyles, all of which a beyond hot, makes the underlying romance even better. The tension Armentrout creates between good and evil is palpable. For all of these reasons, I’m dying to devour the rest of Stone Cold Touch.17455585

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Release Day: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT by Dahlia Adler

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Title: Last Will and Testament

Series: Radleigh University
Author: Dahlia Adler
Pub date: December 9, 2014

Buy links: Amazon B&N | iBooks | Smashwords | Kobo

Blurb: Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

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Guys, if you haven’t heard of Dahlia…walk, don’t run, to Twitter. FOLLOW HER. This lady is super smart and hilarious, plus she knows a ton about writing and the world of publishing (she also knows a little something about macaroons, in fact she’s a connoisseur). Just for these reasons alone I’d read anything she’s written, except I know she’s a fantastic storyteller. How? I was lucky enough to get ahold of a signed copy of Behind the Scenes, her debut novel. I absolutely adored that book and there will be a sequel soon:) For now, I hope you’ll join me in reading Last Will and Testament.

Amy

Dying to Devour

For the past four weeks, I’ve been working part time at a bookstore (and no I’m not going to tell you which one or where). It has been a HUGE struggle to not buy every book I see, but there are a few that I have to have. I mean, there is no way I could leave these books on the shelf, all alone to gather dust. So, which book do I keep eying?

How about a few hints?

Hint #1: He’s my favorite author.

No? You don’t know who my favorite author is? Shame, shame. Here’s another hint (not sure how this one will help, but here it goes):

Hint #2: The clown from one of his books scarred me for life.

Come on. I know you know this. I’ll give you one last hint:

Hint #3: He wrote a book that is currently a TV series.

Hint #3.5: It’s got this town that’s completely cut off by this dome-like thing…

Please tell me you guessed Stephen King?! His latest book, Revival, stares at me while I work. From what I’ve read, THIS is the book that brings back the scary as hell Stephen King writing I know and love. This is the stuff that kept me up late at night, afraid of the dark at age 16. Yes. This is the book I’m dying to devour!

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In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties — addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate — Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

 

Monday Musings

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. It’s so hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner, as are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! This is the time of year we all make time to spend with our families. I know it’s the one time a year I see some of my relatives. I wish I’d be able to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins more often, but unfortunately we are all very busy.

If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, you’ll agree that this seems like a big old excuse. And it is. Everyone is always busy, so why is it that we are able to make time once a year? Why not twice a year? Or better yet, four times a year?

As I got to thinking about this, the more I could tie this idea to writing. We make time to do things–like laundry–when we don’t make time for other important things, like writing. THIS has been me. The last month I haven’t made time to write. So, this year I’m giving myself a gift. The gift of NO MORE EXCUSES. I will write every day, whether it’s 100 words or 1000 words. I will also make it a point to keep in contact with my family. If we can’t see each other, I will send a card or note (or email) just to check in.

Now, how about you my dear reader. Are you ready to join me in making this pact of NO MORE EXCUSES?

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